My name is Belinda Larente I am Ojibway from Matachewan First Nations. I am a mother of 3 grown children, 2 girls and 1 boy. I am Wolf Clan. I have been on the Red Road for 30 years now.
I reconnected with my indigenous culture shortly after my children were born as I felt there was a piece missing in my life and I have been on this journey ever since.
I am a Social Worker and I have worked in First Nation, Metis and Inuit communities for the past 34 years, in many capacities such as addictions, abuse, violence, CAS (Children’s Aid Society), learning disabilities, mental health etc.
I currently work at Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) with First Nation, Metis and Inuit families as a Healthy Babies /Healthy Children Worker from 0 to 6.
I have personal interest in doing this work as I have been directly affected by Residential School Intergenerational Trauma, my mother attended Residential school and was of the 60’s scoop along with her brothers and sisters.
I am very passionate about using our cultural teachings as a means of healing for our Indigenous communities, I have done a lot of healing work that included traditional ceremonies, teachings and talking with many elders and healers. It wasn’t until I embraced my culture and teachings that my inner healing journey began.
As a result of my own healing journey I try to incorporate traditional teachings into my programming in my work and use our traditional medicines and tools to help our families to heal and move forward. For many it is their first point of contact to their native roots or culture and I have been fortunate enough to bare witness to many very powerful healing journeys over the past 34 years.
I am very passionate in using cultural teachings, medicines and traditional tools to bring about healing and empowerment to our indigenous communities. I strongly feel that in this role with this organization we can help even more Indigenous people to heal and empower themselves based on culture, traditions and ceremonies